Prude's death and the actions of the police officers - who covered the man's head with a "spit hood" during the confrontation - have intensified the debate over whether police should be responding to calls about people suffering mental health crises.
Not five minutes after police in the United States slipped a "spit hood" over Daniel Prude's head, the 41-year-old Black man went limp. Prude had allegedly just gone on a destructive tear, according to police reports, smashing out the windows of several storefronts and ranting about having the coronavirus.
While many in law enforcement defend the hoods as vital to prevent officers from being spit on or even bitten - a concern that has taken on new importance during the coronavirus pandemic - critics have denounced them as unsafe and inhumane.
Release of the video was followed by protests in Rochester, turning the city of 200,000 people in the northwest corner of the state into the latest flash point in a summer of civil unrest over racism and police brutality. The officer concerned saw Kay brandishing a gun and fired a single shot that killed the victim. He did not resist when they put handcuffs on him.
Earlier Thursday, Prude's brother, Joe Prude, said all his younger brother wanted that morning was "somebody to grab him up and help him".
The videos show Prude, who had taken off his clothes, complying when police ask him to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back. He rolls around on the ground yelling various things.
Joe Prude said his brother left the house wearing no shoes and no coat, just a tank top and long johns on a cold night. He was found without a pulse and turned over, while still handcuffed, to start CPR immediately while handcuff keys were being located.
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EMTs were called to the scene and performed chest compressions, according to footage. As the officer, Mark Vaughn, says, "Calm down" and "Stop spitting", Prude's shouts became anguished whimpers and grunts.
The autopsy report also cited "excited delirium" and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or the drug PCP, as contributing factors. But the situation escalated when Prude began to yell and spit at officers, to which they responded by putting a hood on him and pushing his head to the pavement with force.
"I understand that the union may sue the city for this", she said, referring to the announcement of the suspensions. "And I can't even share with y'all the pain that I'm feeling, and my family is going through as well".
Rochester City Council's letter to Warren, delivered hours before the mayor's press conference, had called for placing the officers on administrative leave, dismissal of all charges against demonstrators arrested Wednesday, and a financial commitment to mental health services. A day earlier, the mayor suspended the officers, pending an investigation. The attorney general officially took over the case on April 16, Warren said.
The chief of police in Rochester says there is no cover up whatsoever.
While the seven officers weren't named, Warren claimed she didn't see the footage until August 4th and was originally told by Police Chief La'Ron Singletary that Prude died of an overdose.
NY attorney general Letitia James's office took over the investigation of the death in April, which is still ongoing. Under New York law, deaths of unarmed people in police custody are often turned over to the attorney general's office, rather than handled by local officials.